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Crayola Crayon Day – March 31, 2023

Crayola Crayon Day is celebrated on March 31 every year. This holiday will undoubtedly be as colorful as it can be, with over 400 colors in its collection. This day is for you, whether you’re a student, a professional visual artist, or an aspiring artist. Learn how to celebrate this unique festival in your own home. The selection of entertaining things to do is unlimited, whether it’s socializing with your pals, shading your favorite color book, or going crazy with artistic drawing pieces. So grab your Crayola crayons and let your imagination run wild.

History of Crayola Crayon Day

Crayola crayons were first introduced in 1903 in Easton, Pennsylvania. Binney & Smith Company developed a colored stick that was both durable and affordable, as well as child-safe and non-toxic. Alice Binney, Edwin Binney’s wife, came up with the name Crayola by combining the French words ‘craie,’ which implies ‘chalk,’ and ‘oleaginous’ which means ‘oily’. No. 51, Young Artists’ Drawing Crayons, for Coloring Maps and Pictures was the name of the original Crayola set. Celestial blue, golden ochre, rose pink, and burnt sienna were among the 28 colors used.

Simpler colors became more popular throughout time, while the more complex ones were phased out. Celestial blue, golden ochre, rose pink, and burnt sienna were all discontinued in 1910. Purple and violet crayons were split in 1914, while gold, silver, and copper were removed from the range in 1915.

When Binney & Smith purchased the Munsell Color Company’s coloring method in 1926, Crayola crayons became a household name. This was the first time they used the color wheel idea in their crayons, which contained the five primary colors of red, yellow, green, blue, and purple. They introduced the six intermediate colors — red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, and red-violet — in 1930, as well as adding orange to their primary colors. This was later transformed into the 12-color box. They added black, neutral gray, white, and brown to create a box of 16 hues. Munsell Crayola boxes, on the other hand, were phased out in 1935 because of wartime shortages. Despite this, until 1990, the Munsell coloring scheme was an important element of the Crayola corporation. There are around 120 Crayola crayon colors available today, all of which are derived from primary colors.

Crayola Crayon Day timeline

1902
The First Crayola Crayon

Binney & Smith Company manufactures the first Crayola crayon, the black Staonal Marking Crayon, after decades of development.

1926
Munsell Color Company Acquisition

Binney & Smith Company acquires Munsell Color Company.

1958
Crayola No. 64

Binney & Smith produces Crayola No. 64, their largest assortment of colors.

1970
Glow-in-the-dark Crayons

The company introduces its first specialty crayons, which glow under a black light.

1996
Blue Ribbon Crayon

Crayola's Blue Ribbon crayons are introduced in celebration of their production of one hundred billion crayons since 1903.

2021
Contemporary Colors

The company introduces Crayellow, Powder Blue, Cool Mint, and Oatmeal.

Crayola Crayon Day FAQs

What is the rarest Crayola crayon?

The rarest Crayola crayon is ‘C-Rex,’ which was used for a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese promotion.

Does Crayola own the word “crayon?”

Crayola does not have ownership of the word ‘crayon.’ Records show that crayons were first used in Europe.

What are the ingredients of Crayola crayons?

Paraffin wax and color pigment are used to make Crayola crayons.

Crayola Crayon Day Activities

  1. Grab your coloring book

    Why don't you let your inner kid out? Take out your coloring book and spend the day expressing yourself. Some people find it soothing and peaceful, and it's a terrific creative outlet for them.

  2. Take a trip to the Crayola Experience Museum

    Families with children will enjoy a visit to the Crayola Experience Museum in Orlando, Florida. Allow your children to learn about Crayola's history in a fun, hands-on field trip that will be remembered for a long time.

  3. Create your crayon candles

    If you’re feeling crafty, you might want to try a D.I.Y. crayon candle at home. No-wax crayon candles are easy to make. You only need four things: a crayon, a candle wick, scented essential oil, and Crisco shortening.

5 Colorful Facts About Crayola Crayons

  1. Only two Crayola colors changed their names

    Prussian Blue was changed to Midnight Blue, and Flesh was changed to Peach.

  2. Crayola has a recognizable scent

    Crayons are one of the top 20 most identifiable scents in the world, according to a Yale University study.

  3. The most popular colors

    The most popular colors in the Crayola collection are red and blue.

  4. Crayon stubs are called ‘leftolas’

    Those worn-out Crayola crayons that are too flat to draw are called ‘leftolas.’

  5. The world’s largest crayon

    The largest crayon, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is a 1,500-pound blue crayon made up of 123,000 blue 'leftolas.'

Why We Love Crayola Crayon Day

  1. Crayon drawing is therapeutic

    Shading your favorite coloring book is a form of creative outlet. Both coloring and art therapy can be relaxing and meditative for many people.

  2. It brings back fond childhood memories

    Crayola Crayon Day brings back childhood memories for many people. Crayon drawing takes people back to a simpler time when we didn't have to worry about anything. To many, crayon sketching is merely a kind of escapade.

  3. It’s a good bonding experience with your kids

    If you’re a parent looking for a shared activity with your little ones, Crayola Crayon Day is the holiday for you. Let your kids decide what they want to draw and which colors to use. It’s a fun bonding experience that you and your children will surely remember.

Crayola Crayon Day dates

YearDateDay
2023March 31Friday
2024March 31Sunday
2025March 31Monday
2026March 31Tuesday
2027March 31Wednesday

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